Do you have good quality of sleep? Determine by the Sleep Test

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Article by : Dr. Charnsiri Segsarnviriya

Do you have good quality of sleep? Determine by the Sleep Test

If you are someone who has sleep problems such as insomnia, difficulty sleeping, sleep disturbances, muscle spasms, snoring, or even sleep apnea. You should undergo sleep checkup. Also known as the Sleep Test, but what is Sleep Test? What are the examination procedures? And how do you prepare for the test? Let's find out.

How important is a sleep test?

Poor sleep quality causes symptoms such as feeling sleepy all the time. Which many people think has no effect, but insomnia or not getting enough sleep has a more negative effect on health than expected. Especially when you snore and stop breathing when you sleep with unusual sleepiness during the day. These symptoms let you know that your body is having a problem. And you need treatment, wherein if left untreated or ignored may put you at risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, acid reflux, cerebrovascular disease. And may also cause a premature decline in sexual performance and other life-threatening conditions.

Therefore, the detection of sleep disorders (Sleep Test) is important. And should not be overlooked. By monitoring sleep, it measures the quality of sleep in areas such as respiration, EEG while sleeping. Which the results of the examination will help diagnose and assess the severity of the disease, such as obstructive sleep apnea Teeth grinding while sleeping twitching of the legs while sleeping, etc., the data obtained will be taken into account for the proper treatment.

Who should come to have a Sleep Test?

  • Those who have snoring sounds louder than usual.
  • People who wake up in the middle of the night Wheezing or tired breathing while sleeping
  • When people close to you notice intermittent apnea while sleeping or have abnormal movement symptoms such as teeth grinding, leg twitching while sleeping, sleepless, restless sleep, and changing position often
  • People over 50
  • Obesity with a BMI or BMI> 30.
  • People who are unusually sleepy during the day, even though they had enough hours of sleep, or People who have symptoms of dizziness, headache, irritability after waking up, drowsiness while driving, declining memory, falling asleep during meetings.
  • People with a neck circumference greater than 40 centimeters.
  • Have an underlying disease like high blood pressure
  • If it is assessed that it falls within 3 out of 8 symptoms, it is recommended to come for a consultation, to diagnose any abnormalities, they should be treated early. Instead of ignoring it or choose to take medicine without being properly diagnosed.

How is the sleep checkup performed?

The sleep health check will detect sleep disorders as follows:

  1. The breath test is measured by breaths that pass in and out of the nose and mouth. Measure the movement of the chest and abdominal muscles used in breathing To know if there is apnea or not, what type of breathing is it? How unusual or dangerous?
  2. Electrocardiogram while sleeping to determine sleep stages, light and deep sleep, and how much sleep. Is there quality sleep? Including abnormalities of the brain while sleeping.
  3. Check the percentage of oxygen saturation in the blood. It is a test to know whether the brain has sufficient oxygen while asleep and if the heart having oxygen deficiency.
  4. Heart rate monitor or electrocardiogram It is a test to determine your heart rate while asleep. Have arrhythmia when breathing stops while sleeping?
  5. The sound of snoring is a test to know that Is snoring truly or not? How often do you snore? What sleeping position when you snore? To determine each position.

Preparing for the sleep test

  • Must wash your hair thoroughly before the sleep test. And do not put oil or cream on the hair Because a device will be attached to the scalp. The area attached to the device must be free of oil. To provide an accurate graph signal and be able to read sleep levels correctly.
  • Do not apply powder or cream on the face, neck, and legs to keep the device adhere to the skin all night long.
  • Refrain from drinking tea, coffee, or alcoholic beverages before the examination. This will cause the quality of sleep to be abnormal.
  • Stop taking laxatives or sleeping pills, because they will not sleep as normal as they should be. Except in cases allowed by the doctor.
  • Please inform our staff of the medicines that the patient takes regularly, such as blood pressure drugs, other medicines.
  • The hospital will make an appointment for you to discuss the examination results with your doctor after at least 3 days.

In conclusion, snoring will not only have a negative effect on your health. It also causes noise disturbing the people around you as well. People with snoring may also have obstructive sleep apnea, when apnea occurs, the oxygen levels in the arteries may be lower than normal. Also, the brain awakens intermittently while sleeping, resulting in inefficient sleep and long-term serious illness. Therefore, such symptoms should not be ignored and should undergo a proper diagnosis and proper treatment

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